CULTURE

Billionaire Moishe Mana Says He Transformed Meatpacking District But Got Bored of Shopping There

Moishe Mana has a lot in common with Donald Trump.  Although Mana commissioned a mural depicting the former president as the Joker holding a knife to the Statue of Liberty, the two fill similar roles....

Teen Vogue Hit By Intersectional Ad Boycott it Helped Mainstream

Teen Vogue during the Trump years promoted a cultural framework built on intersectionality and youth activism—many articles published on the site encouraged the use of advertiser boycotts as a tool of systemic change. But...

Artist Agnieszka Pilat Explains Why the One Percent Will Own Reality

The worldview of Agnieszka Pilat is a paradox. The Polish-born artist loves technology, but distrusts how it shapes media. She promotes capitalist structures in her work, but thinks artists chasing money and mass appeal are...

American Oligarchs Have Turned Miami Beach Into Baiae—the Hedonist Roman Paradise

As Augustus embarked on a crusade to revitalize traditional institutions throughout the Roman capital, the Empire’s oligarchs fled to Baiae. With sprawling villas along the ocean, Baiae attracted Rome’s ruling elite seeking reprieve from civil...

In the Biden Era, ‘Cancel Culture’ Scars are Chic. Beware the Tattooed Posers

Whenever I want to see the direction the cultural winds will blow, I look to publicity savvy actresses. In the summer of 2015, after Donald Trump came down the escalator but before he hijacked...